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Old May 9, 2016, 8:54 PM   #1
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Late March and early April brought East Tennessee a warm dry spell that was perfect for emerging butterflies. Here are a few sample shots.

Falcate Orange Tips rarely perch - but this one was waiting early one morning for the sun to come and warm him.
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This Tiger Swallowtail had just emerged and dried its wings, and was also waiting for some "solar heating."
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Here's another Tiger, joined by his cousin Zebra - Zebra Swallowtail! Both are "feasting" on some mink droppings!
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And here are two of their cousins - Black Swallowtail and Spicebush Swallowtail - both enjoying nectar from some common yard "weeds."
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Gemmed Satyrs are tiny butterflies of the spring forest. Like most members of the Satyr family, they flit along low to the ground, not very fast but rarely stopping. It took a bit of careful pursuit to catch this one briefly pausing in the springtime sun.
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Here's a rather rare early season butterfly. West Virginia Whites are getting scarcer for several reasons - loss of habitat (older forests), competition from the non-native Cabbage Whites, and destruction of their caterpillars due to a non-native invasive plant (garlic mustard). But we saw plenty of them this March!
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These Eastern Commas are among our earliest spring flyers. They survive the winter as adults, and are often out and about on sunny days in February!
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Hope you enjoyed the brief tour of early butterflies, and hoping to have some later-season species to post soon. Thanks for any comments & suggestions!
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Wonderful series of butterflies!
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